On the final round, at the beginning of our presentations, we contestants showed more info about our lives. It was nice to show the world more about our personal info. That made people feel closer to us I think.
I started talking about all my past presentations. I turned off my mobile, all messaging/mailing applications from my laptop, and even put Calopi (our cockatiel) in a room far from my office, BUT during that slide, my home phone started to ring! That messed up with that slide a bit, as I lost concentration.
After showing my past tips/lessons learned, I introduced some tips I use daily - which are not specifically related to DB2, but will surely be useful to any DBAs and other people. Here they are:
- Log everything you do on PuTTY. There are times you have to know something you did in the past. With the help of PuTTY logs, you can retrieve that.
- PuTTY Connection Manager - can be very useful when you have to have several sessions open at the same time.
- You can use PuTTY from your mobile - That can really help with situations when you don't have a computer near. (But you will have to have access to your server's network from your mobile.)
- This is an old set of executables that enables anyone to issue very nice Unix commands like grep, tail and so on.
- Very useful to write SQL queries, procedures and functions. It's built-in functions enable users to do complex text changes with just a few clicks.
The Win+M key
- You can clean your Windows screen by just pressing those 2 keys. Very useful (if you use dozens of apps at same time like me) .
After that, I focused on DB2, introducing some technical tips:
- For any problem you have, the best start is always the DB2 InfoCenter (in the same version you have your DB2).
- Next, a tip about changing several passwords on several servers quickly. I know user/password management can be a cumbersome task which can take a lot of time. Usually, the DBA team owns all DB2 users (instance owner, fenced, DAS), so they are responsible to keep them secure. With the approach I showed, and with some automation using the ATTACH command, the task can be extremely simplified. I'm planning to create a stored procedure to do that automatically, based on a table having server names, instance names and ports, user IDs and old/new passwords. When I have it created I'll post in my blog.
- Put DB2 environment variables in the right place - Most of the DB2 DBAs I know are not aware that using ~/sqllib/userprofile is the most correct place to put any environment variable and customization which would normally be on the instance owner's .profile. By using that, other users who call ". $INSTHOME/sqllib/db2profile, will have the same configs as if they were the instance owner.
- Using scripts to save your time - I commented about some scripts that I wrote in the past. They are really useful for me, and I wanted to share them in my blog. Some are already there, others are not (but I'll add all them there soon).
- Next I focused on how to execute SQL generated by SQL through a unique command line. Through help of sed, this very useful tip works smoothly on Linux and Unix. I’ll post that in my blog soon.
After those technical tips, I also gave some educational/networking advice.
Don't overlook the cloud - you can take advantage of it right now! BTW, I met Raul Chong here in Curitiba this week, and he showed us DB2 on cloud in a very nice presentation.
Another nice tip is about reading everything you can about new implementations and behavior changes on new versions of DB2 (through the InfoCenter). I mentioned that, for example, from DB2 v9.5 on, you don't need to issue db2iupdt, migrate database or even bind packages for all databases when applying fixpacks. If you know that, you can save time!
After that, I advised people to stay tuned by:
- Watching DB2Night show
- Reading magazines like IBM Data Management Magazine
- Following the pros on Twitter
- Going to IDUG (Rebecca Bond wrote a cool blog entry about that)
- Accessing sites like FreeDB2.com and ChannelDB2.com
- Reading the DB2 best practices documents
Regarding DBA skills, certifications are always welcome (you can see I showed the ones I achieved at the beginning of my presentation). Buying a good book for that is one of the best paths for ensuring your success on the exam. I also put a link to DB2University, a very complete website where you can find some free and other inexpensive courses, as the name suggests, all about DB2.
Putting all that together and presenting in just 6 minutes was not easy, so I had to hurry a bit.
That’s all about my presentation on the DB2’s Got Talent Finale.
I’m sure all contestants did their best showing their tips and lessons learned. We all have many roles, and finding time to present such info is a really hard task. I confess I went to sleep very late some nights to have my presentations ready!
I’m now in touch with some of the other contestants, and really like the idea of having such highly skilled DBAs in my network. Audience/replay watchers also added me on LinkedIn and started following my twitter and my blog. Thank you all! I’ll do my best to fill my blog with useful information!
I’d like to thank Scott Hayes for the opportunity he gave us, and also the judges – Susan, Martin, Klaas, and Cristian – your comments always brought value to the presentations.
I’ll finish saying it was a great pleasure to participate on this contest, and I encourage other DBAs to do the same in the future. I’m sure Scott will want to repeat this success :)
- Very impressive presentations! I liked all of them, but Norberto's tips where simple and extremely usefull!
- Norberto's presentation, though had no out of box tool/new db2 functionality but he shared the tools n tips that surely gonna help any naive or even a seasoned dba
- Norberto is the best DB2 DBA ever!
- Vai Norberto Vai !!
- Norberto's presentation was fantastic!
- It has been quite interesting walking through the presentation and appreciate the way information has been compiled together and presented. I wish all 4 contestants the very best and especial mention for Noberto for making life really easier one :)
- Way to go , Norberto :D. You have been great. Fingers crossed. Good luck for the final round !
- Great presentation from Norberto, he deserves be the winner
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